- Many think of technological advancements as a one-way street, forever onward and upward. To be sure, once clever new bits of tech like answering machines and boxes of neatly arranged punch cards have likely been relegated to the scrapheap of history for good. There are, however, some bits of technology that hold on long past the expiration dates set by experts in the field and, in some cases, even the manufacturers of the products themselves. Whether it’s nostalgia of the users, the timelessness of their designs, or some people simply rediscovering technology of days past, some technology is frankly too good to simply fade away. What follows are bits of tech you’ll undoubtedly remember from your youth that have experienced surprising second acts in their long lives.
- Chances are you started planning for retirement years ago through regular savings, a 401(k), or investments. Now more than ever, access to your retirement accounts are at your fingertips in the form of smartphone apps. Whether you’re looking to check your 401(k) or keep an eye on the stock market, you’ll always be able to know where you stand in terms of retirement. While these apps are helpful for checking where you stand when it comes to retirement, it’s important to know that these apps are more for daily guidance than to use for setting a firm retirement goal.
- Each year companies are creating cool high-tech toys that attract Boomers in droves that are ready to pay big bucks just to be the first to have the newest gadget in their home. From smartphones and smartwatches to underwater drones and wireless tech devices, there is sure to be a new product out there that may make your life more exciting, or at least make you believe that. If you like trying out new products or just want to be the first one in your active adult community to show off the latest gadget then check out these new high-tech products.
- PulteGroup is using high tech devices to help homebuyers view their potential future home. The company has introduced virtual reality headsets that allow prospective buyers get a peak at their future home via virtual tours. Pulte unveiled the virtual reality headsets at the master-planned community of Starkey Ranch in Odessa, FL and its active adult community The Retreat at Carmel in Carmel, NY.
- A golf handicap gives beginning golfers a level playing field when playing against more experienced golfers. The objective is to show the potential ability of each player, not the average ability, which is a common misconception about golf handicaps. Finding your handicap is based on an 18-hole course, the number of holes played, and the difficulty of the course. The handicap index is then calculated on the number of strokes per hole, finding an average and using a multiplier, which varies by the index used. The USGA Handicap Index® is necessary if you wish to enter tournaments. Following are five great apps for calculating your golf handicap in a snap.
- Recent surveys show that close to half of all Baby Boomers are currently playing video games. This makes sense, as ours was the first generation to enjoy video games with the earliest home video gaming systems from Atari and Sega. Benefits from gaming include improved cognition, with some studies showing a slight increase in reports of a better social life amongst video gamers. Plus, video games are just fun! Whether you're looking for a few new games or want to get in on the fun, here are a few of our favorite video games.
- Scammers around the world take advantage of new technology and age-old schemes to convince people to willingly give out important information or to send money. While some of these internet scams are readily identifiable to a keen eye, others can swindle even the most tech-savvy individuals out of time and money. While internet scams vary and constantly evolve, some basic knowledge, along with common sense and intuition, can help protect your assets. Just remember, if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.
- Ancestry: Depending on the age of your grandchild, they may not know that they want you to have this app. When they're older, though, they'll cherish the time you both spent discovering your family history together. Ancestry puts the photos and stories of your distant relatives into an easy-to-use interface and allows you to keep an entire family tree in your pocket. Bring it to your next family gathering.